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Token row: Farmers gherao MLAs’ residence in Sambalpur

Sambalpur: Retreating their demand for withdrawal of centralised token system to sell paddy in the market yards (Mandis), agitating farmers today laid siege to the residences of four MLAs in Sambalpur district.

The protestors under the leadership of Sambalpur Zilla Krushak Surakhya Sangathan (SZKSS) advisor Ashok Pradhan reached near the residence of Rengali MLA Nauri Nayak and Rairakhol MLA Rohit Pujari at Sakhipara, Sambalpur MLA Jayanarayan Mishra at Nandapada and Kuchinda MLA Kishore Naik in groups and staged demonstration by playing paddy-laden trucks in front of their houses to register their protest.

On Monday, the protestors locked the Sambalpur district Collector’s office by parking the paddy-laden tractors in front of the four gates of the Collectorate.

They were demanding the State Government to withdraw the centralised token system to sell paddy in the market yards (Mandis).

Farmers also burnt the effigy Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Minister Ranendra Pratap Swain at Attabira in Bargarh.

Under the system, the token generated in Bhubaneswar will be sent to the registered mobile number of the farmer 15 days in advance from the date of selling the paddy. The date of sale of paddy and quantity to be sold at the designated mandis will be mentioned in the token.

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